I just ran across a company new to the red dot market: DI Optical
The US branch of DIO is importing and distributing the line of DI Optical’s red dot sight to the US. Of key interest is the standard of quality which their products adhere to: MIL-STD-810
MIL-STD-810 addresses a broad range of environmental conditions that include: low pressure for altitude testing; exposure to high and low temperatures plus temperature shock (both operating and in storage); rain (including wind blown and freezing rain); humidity, fungus, salt fog for rust testing; sand and dust exposure; explosive atmosphere; leakage; acceleration; shock and transport shock; gunfire vibration; and random vibration. The standard describes environmental management and engineering processes that can be of enormous value to generate confidence in the environmental worthiness and overall durability of a system design. – Wikipedia
So in other words, these are built to an environmental specification that gives us confidence in the ability of the optic to hold up under the specific testing of MIL-STD-810. Think of this as a basic pedigree under which these optics can attest to their durability. This is exciting news as this gives the shooter a new optical product held to a standard of quality above the low end Chinese imports. Best of all? The price. Primary Arms lists the RV-1 for $219 dollars which is currently sold out. This optic looks like the equivalent of an AIMPOINT COMP-M4 without the high price.
I emailed DI Optical for a test sample so we can get some pics up close and personal of this product, so let’s see if they send me something to examine. They have a variety of interesting red dot designs on the rifle end, as well as a tempting machine gun optic with a quick range dial integrated into the optic.
Hopefully they are giving the American shooter something that’s a reliable “working mans” RDS that won’t send us into crippling debt. Keep an eye out for DI Optical in the future.